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DMC Adventures: Getting Started At DMC
Dan Mitchell

DMC Adventures: Getting Started At DMC

My first week at DMC was a whirlwind of training and new faces. That Monday morning, I arrived with seven other DMCers from around the country to begin ramping up. Being the only member of the Microsoft Consulting Services team to start that week, my training differed slightly from the rest of the group. Nonetheless, everyone’s opinion has been the same. DMC runs like a well-oiled machine. What to Expect on Arrival From the very beginning of our onboarding process, no de...

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DMSki Denver: The Gang Goes Skiing
Mary Doctor

DMSki Denver: The Gang Goes Skiing

This March, I took part in a long weekend of snow and smarts with some of DMC’s finest brains. Each DMC office is empowered to plan a yearly fun event and invite everyone in the company. We’ve climbed mountains, floated down rivers, and ran away to Martha’s Vineyard. DMC's Denver office plans an annual ski trip, nicknamed DMSki. DMC helps foot part of the bill and even lets us invite someone who doesn’t work for DMC to come along as a guest! We call these events YO...

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DMC Quote Board - March 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - March 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy
Molly Graham

DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy

DMCers in Chicago recently celebrated the 84th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in style at the Chicago History Museum's annual Last Speakeasy. In what has become a DMC tradition, we donned our flapper dresses and fedoras and bundled up as best we could to take a step back in time for a few hours.  The museum pulls out all the stops, filling up every available space with entertainment, food, and intriguing exhibits. There was a visit from John Russick, CHM'...

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Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre
Peter Rijks

Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre

If you run any virtual machines in Azure, you should recently have received an email with the subject Accelerated maintenance to address CPU vulnerability in your subscription. This is part of Microsoft’s response to the recent Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. Other cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Platform, are affected as well and are rolling out similar responses to the vulnerabilities. What's the Plan: Cascading Reboots Microsof...

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Hawaiian Shirt Fridays
Peter Rijks

Hawaiian Shirt Fridays

I bought my first Hawaiian shirt (which is still in my rotation) in Orange Beach, Alabama during spring break of 2001. Since then, Hawaiian Shirt Friday has become a personal tradition of mine lasting the last dozen or so years. At my two previous jobs, it remained a personal tradition, and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would continue my tradition at DMC. However, while it took a while to start catching on, here at DMC it’s become more than just a personal tradition, and t...

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Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 7, 2017 at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event Info The free, one-day event is hosted by NI, in partnership with IIoT industry leaders, to see how companies are coming together to implement IIoT solutions with an open ecosystem of IT-friendly, interconnected technologies. The event aims...

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DMC Houston Is Bigger Than Ever
John Williams

DMC Houston Is Bigger Than Ever

Back in April, we announced that the Houston office was undergoing a renovation and posted some in-progress construction pictures. I started at DMC's Houston office in early September, so I arrived at the right time to enjoy the finished product.  DMC Houston's Expansion We have been thoroughly enjoying each of the new areas. Kitchen - Board and card games are a daily staple in the expanded kitchen during lunch. Conference Room - All Houston...

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Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware
Erik Donarski

Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware

In order to synchronize DAQ timestamps or time-sensitive processes across devices, you need to establish a common time source to which all devices on a network can synchronize.  Network Time Protocol (NTP) services provide this functionality, through which multiple networked machines may reference a common time source. However, issues can arise when a project requires National Instrument's LabVIEW with NTP. There is not much online in terms of bridging the gap between ...

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Employee Spotlight: Steven Dusing
Molly Graham

Employee Spotlight: Steven Dusing

Systems Engineer Steven Dusing is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Test and Measurement Automation team. In addition to working on UI design in LabVIEW, Steven enjoys playing volleyball and skiing. He's an active contributor to our DMC Cares initiative. Currently, Steven is heading up another DMC Thanksgiving Food Drive. Learn more about Steven in the video below! Read blogs by Steven. Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider
Rick Rietz

DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider

Following our acceptance into the Power BI Red Carpet Program in 2016, DMC has now earned membership as a Microsoft Showcase Partner, a premium partner group for Power BI. By participating in this program, DMC receives access to training opportunities that are reserved exclusively for Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partners. Program Requirements To be eligible for the Partner program, companies must be a Microsoft Partner with the Data Analytics competency, which requires that multiple indivi...

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Cooking with Chicago Kids at Healthy Start
Courtney Mitchell

Cooking with Chicago Kids at Healthy Start

DMC Cares is an initiative that started at one of our All Day Company Meetings, or ADCMs. For this ADCM, we split into teams and given an envelope, contents unknown. I’ll never forget opening it to find $500 and instructions to make an impact in Chicago by "paying it forward." My team thought a lot about causes that were important to us and went all over the city to distribute the money to each cause. Hello Healthy Start In my personal life, I’ve volunteered w...

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DMC Under the Big Top at Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
Molly Graham

DMC Under the Big Top at Cirque du Soleil - Luzia

When you work for an ever-growing company, it can be hard to find time to get to know everyone you work with. In an effort to bring employees closer together (and to have fun), DMC supports employee-planned activities with a monthly activity fund for each of our six offices. Chicago is a great city for planning these events. After DMC saw Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities several years ago, we decided to go back to the cirque. Each show is unique a...

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Happy Birthday: DMC Turns 21
Heather Talbert

Happy Birthday: DMC Turns 21

Do you remember counting down to your 21st birthday? On Friday, August 4, we headed up to DMC Chicago's rooftop to celebrate our 21st anniversary party!  I have to admit, DMC has been drinking "underage" for some time now, but that didn’t make this monumental birthday any less special. Not surprisingly, food was our top priority. We hired a grill master to help us prepare the main course, while several employees brought delicious sides. It will be a while...

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DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI
Matt Goedke

DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI

DMC routinely completes projects involving a variety of technologies including Bluetooth connected devices and web-based API’s. During a recent FedEx Day, where everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC, we decided to combine a few of those technologies and create a system for tracking the locations of our many office dogs! Getting Started FedEx Day requires that a project is completed in the span of FedEx day. Depending on th...

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DMC Boston YOE: Choose Your Own Adventure
Molly Graham

DMC Boston YOE: Choose Your Own Adventure

DMC's Boston office recently hosted their annual Yearly Office Event, or YOE, in the mountains of New Hampshire. After last year's trip at the Cape, attendees changed it up this year with hiking, swimming, stargazing, and bonding time. The experience was a choose-your-own-adventure of sorts that started in Boston Harbor and ended at the top of Mount Washington.   Hello Boston Harbor For our first night in Boston, we made plans to explore Boston Harbor on a ...

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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017

Another school year is starting, and for DMC that means visiting campus career fairs! So far, 2017 has been a big year for DMC. We added a sixth office, hired a ton of new employees, and were once again voted one of the best places to work by Crain’s Chicago Business. DMC continually makes strides to grow and improve as a company, and we are always looking for talented individuals that can help us achieve our goals.  Why work for DMC? DMC provides M...

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How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal

One of the great, and underused, features in TIA Portal is the Network Topology tab of "Devices and Networks." It can enable you to accomplish a number of advanced tasks while simultaneously providing more in-depth network diagnostics. Today, I want to quickly show you how you can use Network Topology to configure a MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal. Why Ring Topology? There are many reasons why one might consider using a ring topology for your network. The most common one is ...

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Siemens Automation Summit 2017 Highlights
Boris Cherkasskiy

Siemens Automation Summit 2017 Highlights

The 2017 Siemens Automation Summit took place June 26-29th at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Per Siemens, the Siemens Automation Summit is, "a user conference for manufacturing professionals who use Siemens automation technologies, including DCS, PLC, HMI, industrial networks, factory automation, motion controllers, process instrumentation, motors and drives, and are interested in cyber security and safety." Automation professionals from all over to...

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DMC Chicago YOE was Boat-tastic
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago YOE was Boat-tastic

With such harsh winters, Chicagoans make the most of their summers. Between attending free movies in Millennium Park every Tuesday night or food truck festivals on the weekends, there's never a boring day during Summertime-Chi. So, there were high expectations for DMC Chicago to host its second annual Yearly Office Event (YOE). Each DMC office hosts a YOE every year for visitors from our other offices. It's a great chance to enjoy fun activities together and relax with co-wo...

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